A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$276,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$964
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    72%
  • Own
    28%

Blacksburg Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    47
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    34
    41
  • Robbery
    7
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    139
    500
  • Theft
    748
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    31
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$34,863
National
$55,322
Children
8%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    40%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    14%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
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Blacksburg has many wonderful qualities such as the community, resources, and people. It has grown in the last 4 years by adding more local shops and restaurants. This town is the home of Virginia Tech. Blacksburg could benefit from more healthy restaurants geared toward the young adults living in this area!
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Blacksburg is a beautiful small town, quietly nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains of Southwest Virginia. Quaint, family owned restaurants line the streets of downtown to complete the "Main Street" vibe. Family friendly, active residents, live music, farmers markets, outdoor gathering spaces, and close to proximity to outdoor recreation hallmark this town. Can get crowded when classes are in session at Virginia Tech, students and locals are actively learning to grow together. Absolutely wonderful place to spend any amount of time; especially longer stays.
This is a great town to live in! I maybe be biased because I came from a small town but this place has everything. A variety of restaurants, several kinds of entertainment, and the diversity of people(This is a college town of course!). I am currently a student but I plan to stay here for the long haul.